An exhibition displaying maps and documents on Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos opened in the Northern province of Phu Tho on November 17.
Exhibition on Hoang Sa, Truong Sa in Phu Tho
The event, which runs until November 22, was co-organized by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) and the People’s Committee of Phu Tho province.
At the opening, Deputy Minister of the MIC Hoang Vinh Bao said the event is part of important activities to raise awareness of the country’s sea and islands among local people, especially youths.
It is also designed to nurture people’s love for the nation and enhance their solidarity and responsibility in protecting Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos.
The event is organized annually across the country to affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over the archipelagos through historical documents. To date, a total of 97 exhibitions have been held in 63 localities, 11 island locations and districts, and 22 military units of Vietnam.
On display are documents, items, publications and nearly 100 maps published by domestic and international researchers and scholars, including materials in Chinese, Nom (ancient Vietnamese writing using Chinese characters), modern Vietnamese and French issued from the 17th to the 20th century by the Vietnamese feudal states and the French government in Indochina (on behalf of the then Vietnamese state) proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos as well as the country’s exercise of sovereignty over the islands.
The exhibition also features 65 maps certifying that the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos belong to Vietnam, published by Western nations and Vietnam since the 17th century.
Photos depicting activities of soldiers and people on islands of the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos, and contribution of the provincial Party Organization and local residents to the country’s seas and islands have been also displayed.
After the event, all the exhibits will be presented to the provincial People’s Committee for further display.
About Truong Sa
Trường Sa is an island district of Khánh Hòa Province in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam. It was established on the basis of the Spratly Islands, which is also claimed wholly or in part by the Republic of China (Taiwan), the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. According to the 2009 census, the district has a population of 195 people.
Trường Sa District was established on the basis of small coral islands/cays, reefs and banks of the Spratly Islands which is 248 nautical miles away from Cam Ranh. As the islands contains a large number of scattered geographic entities, it is imaginatively divided into eight clusters including Song Tu, Thi Tu, Loai Ta, Nam Yet, Sinh Ton, Trường Sa, Tham Hiem and Binh Nguyen by Vietnam.
The Spratlys are one of the major archipelagos in the South China Sea which complicate governance and economics in this part of Southeast Asia due to their location in strategic shipping lanes. The islands have no indigenous inhabitants, but offer rich fishing grounds and may contain significant oil and natural gas reserves and as such are important to the claimants in their attempts to establish international boundaries.
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